Why weren’t other religious minorities forced to videotape their Independence Day celebrations in India?

Published: August 16, 2017
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Indian Muslims celebrate Independence Day with national flags on the terrace of the Madrasa Arabia Islamia in the Juhapura area of Ahmedabad on August 15, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

As if ghar wapsi programs and beef lynching was not enough, madrassas in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) have been told to celebrate the Indian Independence Day with great fervour and patriotism.

And to prove that their students are very good and patriotic citizens of India, those who manage Indian madrassas will have to submit videos of how they celebrated the patriotic day. Of course, it shouldn’t surprise us, since after the appointment of a rabid anti-Muslim like Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister of India’s largest state (with a large Muslim population), killings of Muslims suspected to have eaten beef have increased. Now, to be a Muslim in UP is like being a Jew in Hitler’s Germany.

Why is this being done? Why aren’t students of other religious schools being asked to prove that they are patriotic Indians?

Why are Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists in India not being compelled to videotape how they celebrate Independence Day? Is it because all Indian Muslims are considered to be ISI agents? What makes Narendra Modi think that by forcing Indian Muslims to prove that they are good Indians (while carrying out mass killing of Muslims in Kashmir), his party will get the Muslim vote?

Of course, Indian Muslims have been subjected to persecution ever since 1947, when the shock of seeing India divided made the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its virulent activists even more determined to rid India of Muslims.

In fact, as recently as 2002, more than a thousand Muslims were butchered under the supervision of Modi himself. Because he was suspected to be directly responsible for the killings, Modi was denied visa to visit the US for many years, until he became the prime minister.

Then there is the recent decision of the Maharashtra government to remove all references to India’s Muslim past. They have even removed pictures of Mughal monuments like the Taj Mahal from text books to make impressionable Indian children believe that Muslims made no contribution to the arts, culture and architecture of India.

There have even been claims by Hinduvta fanatics that the Taj Mahal was built by Hindus and not by the Mughal king Shah Jahan. It shouldn’t surprise us if one day they decide to demolish the Taj Mahal on the grounds that it has been built over the ruins of a Hindu temple, as they did with the Babri Masjid.

Modi and his BJP Hinduvta allies know that they can never have a Hindu rashtra (Hindu state) unless they are able to significantly reduce the population of its Muslim minority (comprising of 14.23% of the population). They will try every means to achieve their goal, even if it means killing as many Muslims as possible (if they are not able to convert them to Hinduism).

Modi should ponder what the outgoing Indian vice president said about “a lot of unease, a sense of insecurity creeping in among the minorities in India”. He meant that minorities in India, particularly the Muslims, do not feel safe in India.

Remember what Shah Rukh Khan said sometime back?

“I sometimes become the inadvertent object of political leaders who choose to make me a symbol of all that they think is wrong and unpatriotic about Muslims in India. There have been occasions when I have been accused of bearing allegiance to our neighbouring nation rather than my own country – this even though I am an Indian whose father fought for the freedom of India. Rallies have been held where leaders have exhorted me to leave my home and return to what they refer to as my original homeland.”

Has Modi already forgotten Maqbool Fida Husain, the most famous Indian of his time? The most highly paid painter of India left India and spent the last seven years of his life in self-exile because he continuously received death threats. His crime, of course, was that he was a Muslim who was not considered a patriotic Indian.

So if Modi wants to win the loyalties of Indian Muslims, do not force them to do what they don’t want to do. All you have to do is to trust them, give them jobs, tell your rabid followers not to lynch them on suspicion of eating beef and stop treating them as second class citizens.

And of course, you must order your soldiers to stop killing the Muslims of Kashmir and settling Hindus in the occupied territory with the aim of turning Kashmir into a Hindu-majority state.

Shakir Lakhani

Shakir Lakhani

Engineer, former visiting lecturer at NED Engineering College, industrialist, associated with petroleum/chemical industries for many years. Loves writing, and (in the opinion of most of those who know him), mentally unbalanced. He tweets @shakirlakhani (twitter.com/shakirlakhani)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Raj

    There is no need to force other minorities to videotape their independence day celebrations because, they are already celebrating such things with fervour and only in case of muslims it is required becuase, some of them feel that religion comes first and the nation comes second. This narrow attitude is not found with other minorities as they are highly patrioritc and like any other hindus, the religion comes last and first is nation, second is humanity, third is parents and the last is religion. This is the difference between muslims and other minorities.Recommend

  • Dr. Ramesh Sharma

    If this writer looks into the mirror then he will find that what he has written in this article about India is actually done by Pakistan to its minorities. The population of minorities in India especially Muslims have increased more than Hindus. He should explain why their is an increase if the Muslims were cleansed in India by Hindus. You can say about Pakistan where the census data from 1947 until today can testify this fact.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Actually, it’s because most Indians (particularly Hindus in the Hindi belt) believe that all Indian Muslims are ISI agents!Recommend

  • Hanshu=Agarwal

    The example is Samajwadi party mavia ali says first he is muslim than IndianRecommend

  • Hanshu=Agarwal

    My question is why from 22% in 1947 only less than 2% minorities left in PakistanRecommend

  • Arvind Pujari

    How do you know what Indians believe ? How many times have you being here? How much have you interacted with the people here? Perception is one ill God has given to today’s Human and you are just indulging into that, for you truth is across the border and it’s farRecommend

  • hp kumar

    you keep naming hindu hindu and you don’t even know that how obnoxious you sound.you r literally paranoid.At this point of time you should not speak about them.you r done with your hindu population already.you should focus on your own country and ignore india.Recommend

  • Srikant Mahapatra

    Firstly Muslim are not minority. Secondly the actual minorities; Like Parsis, Budhist, Sikhs and Christian never created any issues in regards to saying Bharat Mata no Jay, Vande Mataram. Only Muslim raised this issue in the name of Religion. It is true that few mullahs and Fanatic Muslim question it. But on the other hand liberal Muslim barring a few never opposed to it.Recommend

  • wb

    Actually, dear Lakhani, it’s because Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Jews, Bahais, Atheists of THE ENTIRE WORLD (not just India) believe that Muslims are ISIS. That Muslims are extremists. Even the liberal Muslims are closet terrorists!!!!

    Trust me, dear, you may live in dark. But the world still sees right through you.Recommend

  • Shad

    Modi does not need muslim votes..his party only needs to create a fake enemy out of the muslims fir other communities to unite…

    More over , yes pakistan might arguably be a failed state …but clearly with the current environment in india , we are no better than pakistan when it comes to minorities….Recommend

  • Kumar

    Write who??? The man who think its his duty to abuse hindus and hinduism.Recommend

  • Kumar

    Your hate for Hindus oozeout no matter how much you try to hide it.Recommend

  • Rajesh Mevada

    Myopic and biased one sided view by writer.reality is different and positive.Recommend

  • http://gravatar.com/skchadha SKChadha

    Shakir, actually, it’s because most Arabized Hindus, who considered them as true followers of Islam (particularly the jokers living around river Sindhu) believe that all Sindhu, Hindu or Indoi who have faith in their varied forms of Almighty are agents to destroy Arabian Jahilya which is surviving even after Nabi … 😤Recommend

  • wb

    Saadi, were you born yesterday?!! In Pakistan state does not sanction such tripe? What is the Hudood ordinance? Have you not heard of ordinance XX? Recommend

  • wb

    “In India, the minorities have to go above and beyond to prove their national credentials.” Not all Minorities, but only Muslims. Because Muslims are traitors in all the countries they live in. Muslims are traitors even in Pakistan!! Look at your own leaders.

    Your majority speaks up? Are you kidding me? Whole of Pakistan considers Malala an enemy.

    Recommend

  • Patwari

    The Brahmini Mulla from Banaras raises his head again
    Yogi Adityanth disciple, Maharaj’s left hand, spews his
    newly minted poison, again.
    Recommend

  • wb

    It’s hard to get rid of brainwashing given by your parents. But give it a try. Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “The population of minorities in India especially Muslims have increased more than Hindus”. In my opinion, the population of Indian Muslims is deliberately shown less to prevent them getting their due share of jobs. I estimate the number of Muslims in India @ 30 % of the total population. I’ll write on it after I have done further research.Recommend

  • sac_nair

    Dear Mr. Lakhani- that is a last name of my best friend but with a Hindu name. Good perspective- but here is another perspective- http://www.rediff.com/news/special/why-the-rohingyas-feel-safe-in-india/20170817.htm

    In our housing society we have 22% Muslims. Since 14 years we live there. Except 3-4 Muslims not a single Muslim comes down for flag hoisting ceremony. Our society Chairman a Muslim gentleman refuses to sing national anthem.
    Not at all exaggerating. But his son and daughter goes to St. Mary’s school and there they have to sing a Christian prayer. He has issued a diktat to Muslim flat owners that they should sell their flats or rent it out only to Muslims. While 8 flats were sold by Hindus to Muslims out of the 132 flats we have in our colony. Recommend

  • Kushal

    I agree with Shakir.
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists all got their version of Pakistan carved out of India, why single out Muslims alone.
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists all of them, being not satisfied with what they have got in 1947, are fighting for more and more land to be annexed with their respective “Pakistan”. So why single out Muslims alone?
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists join their own version of ISIS, so that they can establish a Khilafat to rule over others so why single out Muslims alone.
    Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jews and Budhhists all say that their religion is above motherland, so why single out Muslims alone.
    I demand an answer otherwise I will give up my award .Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    What about statues of naked hindu gods and goddesses in the Ajanta caves near Bombay? Why don’t you go and break up the statues?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Please read carefully. I’ve not written anything abusive about Hindus and Hinduism.Recommend

  • Sane

    This is the attitude of you Hindu extremists make them to do that.Recommend

  • Sane

    Why Shabana Azmi was denied to own a flat/house in Bombay. Don’t give one side picture. Talk about the attitude of Hindu extremists also. Why Muslim actors, singers and artists from Pakistan were threatened to leave India or face dire consequences. Have you ever thought about this? Wrong is always retaliated with wrong. You don’t want to give right of protest to those (Muslims) who you kill.Recommend

  • Sane

    In your dictionary ‘behaving like civilized people and work to maintain harmony’ is to stop eating beef, dress like Hindus do, drink urine, go to Mandir to worship instead of Masjid. Leave all their religious identities. This is not possible today and will never be possible ever. You are forcing Muslims to make another homeland for them.Recommend

  • Sane

    You are giving example of Malala, Why don’t you talk about Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan and other Muslim actors and other artists to whom you say to become Hindu or leave India. What kind of barometer you have to measure that whole of Paksitan considers Malala an enemy? Baseless and lies only.Recommend

  • Sane

    Why don’t you talk about the law for protecting slaughter of cows and beef eaters to be prosecuted under Indian law, only when beef eater is Muslim. Rather they are killed on road by your BJP and other extremists Hindu elements. Otherwise, you, yourself slaughter cows and export meat to earn foreign exchange.Recommend

  • Soumik Banerjee

    You want Indians to forget the bloodbath of Muslim rule,the direct action day of Bengal when thousands of Hindus were killed and converted by muslims and what not by giving examples of MF Hussain and Shahrukh.Listen. stop begging for secularism in the land where you have slit the throats of Hindus.Recommend

  • Sane

    What is the fact, why don’t you shed some light on it, instead making baseless statement. In India Muslims have a population of around 300 Million. You can’t kill all of them, although you are trying hard to do that.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “Yogi became the CM of UP without fielding a Single Muslim candidate”. Yes, out of 20% Muslim population of UP, the BJP did not allow a single Muslim to stand in the elections. So much for Indian secularism!Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Shabana Azmi and other Muslims have not been able to get apartments in Hindu-owned buildings, but where I live (720 apartments), there are many Hindus. In fact, my family doctor is a Hindu (I’ve written a blog about Hindu doctors in Karachi sometime back). Believe me, there is no discrimination against Hindus (there may be against other minorities, but certainly not against Hindus, who are mainly confined to Karachi and Sindh).Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Hindus and Sikhs are not leaving Pakistan, they are very happy here.Recommend

  • harsh parihar

    Don’t know how does u claim , u r a writerRecommend

  • Rajiv

    How come you don’t have a Disqus ID?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    The elections were secular.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Meat eating Hindu too wont get apartments among non meat eating Hindus, onion,garlic eating Hindus too wont get apartment among Jains , low income Hindu wont get high income Parsi apartment, Dancer actor hindu too wont get apartment in high class business society. Many Muslims and even Shabana (and father kaifi azmi) have been living in Bombay for decades.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Where muslims of Bombay have been living for decades ? Shabana, Javed, Farhan, Kaifi, Salman, Shahrukh, Amir, Abbas, Mastan, Suleman etc ? are enough tents provided ?Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Can you tell me why the Parsi population in India is decreasing so much? From 0.13% in 1951 to 0.06% in 2001 (figures for 2011 not available, meaning there are very few of them left in India), it seems they are migrating to other places, despite India being a paradise according to you guys!Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Safron is for Selfless Seva, White for blameless character and Green for making India prosperous materially as well.Recommend

  • IAF101

    UTTER ignorant nonsense.

    The colours of the Indian flag have NOTHING to do with the ‘religions’ of India. Please google and educate yourself – religion has nothing to do with the colours of our flag.
    >>
    ” Saffron colour, indicating the strength and courage of the country. The white middle band indicates peace and truth with Dharma Chakra. The last band is green in colour shows the fertility, growth and auspiciousness of the land.”Recommend

  • IAF101

    ROFL…nice joke. Till yesterday the Hindus didn’t even have a personal law but now we have to hear sermons from Pakistan about how the “majority speaks up” ? The majority like Hafeez Saeed or the jokers in Lal masjid who are building suicide vests just meters from your govt buildings ? LOL Sell these stories somewhere else.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Actually he doesnt even know different caves and carvings. He just mixed two things,Recommend

  • Patwari

    No need to go to Hindu Desh to gauge the people.
    You watch their TV programs. Talk shows. Man on the
    street interviews…..political rants, diatribes…..see?
    You can see their hate here on ET. You can read about it in
    the Indian Express, The Hindu, Sundesh, Deccan Chronicle,
    Hindustan Times, Rajasthan Patrika, Dainik Jagran.
    Need more names to get the pulse of the Bharati Janata?
    You can do your Ph.D doctorate treatise on Eskimo Culture,
    without leaving your Bharati village……see?Recommend

  • Patwari

    The hindu with the British father. right on schedule.Recommend

  • Sane

    Why don’t you introduce law for Human Protection, specially for Muslims and Women Protection to prevent them from RAPE?Recommend

  • Sane

    Preach this first to your Hindu population. Triple talaq if is your problem, then worship of various statues and innumerable gods could be problem of others.Recommend

  • wb

    you’re confusing Pak tv with Indian tv. Zaid Hamid is not a Hindu. He’s a pure Muslim from the land of pure. Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    “Minorities are hanged to death if they are found having lunch during Ramzan”. Not true for Pakistan at least. Not only minorities but even Muslims can eat in Ramzan if it is done in private. And there is no hanging for it even if it is done in public.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    I’m not sure about PM, but head of state has to be a Muslim. I personally don’t agree with it.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    So why have Indian Parsis migrated in large numbers to Canada and other countries?Recommend

  • Arunanshu M

    Tragedy is most of them stayed back as well and continue to fan radicalism within the community.Recommend

  • hp kumar

    Pakistanis r not following islam?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Your personal opinion doesn’t matter to anybody.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    That’s it.
    So you don’t have any right to point finger on Indians.
    Mind your own business. It will be better for you.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Pakistanis are like this only. they have 2 set of rules for everything.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    if you leave kashmir , it will become peaceful.
    Whatever problem is there in Kashmir is your wrongdoing.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Wake up! They have left already.
    How many of them are living in Pakistan?Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Tell me numbers and your reason. Parsis were forced to migrate from Iran (Persia), and have largest presence in India. India provided them shelter and they contributed in development of India. They reached to top positions in defense, Judiciary and politics. I HOPE you know that Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi dont belong to Mahatma gandhi, Instead Parsi named Feroze Gandhy.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Your entire article if filled with bigotry against against Hindus.

    Why don’t you mind your own business?Recommend

  • Rajiv

    Oh Please
    Stop talking about parsis?
    You Muslims forced them out of their homeland – Iran. and now you give us lecture.Recommend

  • Sudhanshu Swami

    Then Pakistan should be merged into Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Memona

    Two Nation theory was created by UP muslims, they wanted to make UP state as Pakistan due to majority Muslim population there. No one had dreamt about Punjab,Sindh, KPK,Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir becoming PAKISTAN. I’m gald it happened 🇵🇰 🇵🇰 🇵🇰Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    3 Million Bangalis mostly Hindus were killed in 1971 by Pakistanis causing separation of West Bangladesh from Bangladesh. Pakistan was born in 1971.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    In 1947, Muslims formed 13% of UP population. They were majority in some ghettoes.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Muslims are free to leave India to go to AfPak.Recommend

  • Salim Alvi

    Where is Bombay? There is one in Ohio.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Sorry. False. There is a Dalit woman raped every 7 minute
    by a non Dalit hindu. Your own Hindu Desh govt. statistic.
    Shameful.Recommend

  • abhi

    The homeland is already made, if someone wants they can go there. There is no need of another homeland.Recommend

  • abhi

    Also respecting the national flag and anthem.Recommend

  • wb

    My dear Patwari, become my patient. One brain surgery and I can turn you intelligent like a Brahmin Atheist from a stupid Wahabi Mullah. But wait…that’s not possible. You simply don’t have the genes.Recommend

  • Shahid Hashmi

    Yes Religion (Islam) comes first and then nation.Only Islam is the solution of all problems but only dull minded can’t understand.Recommend

  • Memona

    That’s why two nation theory is proven to be correct. Muslims would always have been minority in united india in hindu rule India. As a Muslim i can’t imagine living in india under Hindutva mentality.Recommend

  • Kumar

    As if this is your first article which I am reading.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    Eating in public (both by Muslims and others) is prohibited in Ramzan, not only in Pakistan but also in secular countries like Indonesia and Malaysia.Recommend

  • Shakir Lakhani

    The part of Kashmir in our control is absolutely peaceful, not as in the part that you have illegally occupied, where the people hate your army because of its indiscriminate rape and killings. We don’t restrict access to internet in our part, while in yours, the people cannot communicate with the rest of the world due to restriction on internet and social media.Recommend

  • Rajiv

    It’s because we want peace while you don’t.Recommend

  • IAF101

    LOL what else can one expect from you people except ignorant drivel about the very basic nature of the oldest religion in the world and the religion of your ancestors!

    Arya Samaj is a religious sect – not a school, as are the followers of Sathya Sai Baba – a religious group or the various Vivekananda ashrams around . They are not schools, they cater mostly to adults – not children.

    The Vishwa Hind Parishad is a Hindu religious youth organization – not a school. The Shiv Sena is a Maharastrian Hindu group whose aims are more about regionalism than religion. The RSS is a volunteer organization whose membership consists of mainly adults and only congregates for one hour or two in the early morning or weekends. The BJP is a national political party whose membership is comprised exclusively of ADULTS- as children cannot vote. Bal Thackeray has nothing to do with the VHP, the RSS or the BJP – he was never a member of these organizations and was the founder of the shiv sena .

    Please spew forth more names – and show us all how ignorant and clueless you are.Recommend

  • IAF101

    LOL – AGAIN FAIL.

    Yogi Adityanath said Gauri-Ganesh idol in every mosque – not status of Ram.
    In the Indian Constitution – there are only two names recognized for the country – India and Bharat. Hindustan is a Persian name the rootless Muslims without a tradition or history of them call it.Recommend

  • IAF101

    LOL – Again PATHETIC FAIL.

    The statistic you quote is bogus – just like your country. Here is the actual statistic:
    ncrb.gov.in/
    “The National Crime Records Bureau has found that four Dalit Women are raped every day.”

    That is 4 Dalit women reported out of a total of over 150 million! Maybe in your madrassa they can help you calculate that to minutes per day.Recommend

  • Patwari

    See,..er..hhmm..well, religious schools you say? But of course!!!
    That’s why they are called hindu madrassas. Now, then,
    do you understand?Recommend

  • Sane

    This is irony that Pakistan has many options to merge with any Muslim state. But, poor India is the only country in the world with Hindu population.Recommend

  • Rana

    Sathya sai is a trust where people from any religion can free of cost super specificity heart patient in Bangalore.Most donation comes from Hindus and foreign contribution and from atheist although donation is open for all.There are many Pakistan patients come here for treatment.Recommend

  • Raj

    Pakistan is ready to merge with any muslim state, but no one is ready to take them in thier fold. That is why, every muslim county is vying to develop relationship with India rather than Pakistan.Recommend

  • Raj

    If Islam is the solution of all problems, then why is that muslim countries are fighting with each other!!!!!!??????. Why are you saying that islam is the solution to all problems. This means that, you are the dull minded person.Recommend

  • Memona

    You know what I meant literally.Recommend

  • PatelPara

    start counting how many hindus we have killed in all the conflicts with India.

    idiot if you want to include war then add those as well. because Pakistan happily killed you all.

    what we are talking about is this stupid mob thing that kills minorities inside India.

    btw no 3 million died in bangladesh.

    mukhti baini indiin funding to disintegrate Pakistan, and modi have recently accepted 1971 debacle. if you are that ignorant then I cannot help you.Recommend

  • Ghazi Gul

    An oppressed population like the Indian Muslims are compelled to demonstrate their loyalty to the majority Indian Hindus, or else!Recommend

  • Ghazi Gul

    That is a silly pathetic illogical comparison.Recommend

  • wb

    Patwari, our court did ban triple talaq. Now, Muslim men cannot rape Muslim women willy nilly in the name of nikah and then divorce them. Recommend

  • Raj

    Why are the Christians being persecutedRecommend

  • Neat Coll

    We are proud to stand alone and not cowards who convert to IslamRecommend

  • Al Dhillon

    Yes eradicate islam and all problems solved.Recommend

  • IAF101

    Apparently English is too hard for you to understand – but perhaps you can ask somebody else to translate for you:

    There are no Hindu religious schools for kids like Islamic madrasssas.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav

    It is always the least smart kid in the class that is asked to write everything 10 times in the notebook.Recommend

  • IAF101

    Yes really!

    If India is so bad why are Pakistani’s even today struggling to emigrate to India ? Why are Pakistani famous starts trying to emigrate to India ? Why are Pakistanis in the West calling themselves “Indian” and skulking about ?

    Even today, Rohingya Muslims want to stay in India – they are desperately fighting to stay in India – instead of going to Bangladesh or Pakistan! Even they know which is a better life for Muslims.Recommend